Hebr.6-7 Live in Hope

LIVE IN HOPE
Hebrews 6:13-7:28  October 15 2006

A new priesthood was a necessity. The Old
Testament method did not produce holiness. The
priesthood of Jesus was an entirely new order,
coming not from the tribe of Levi but from the
tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5). the genealogies of
Matthew and Luke support this fact as well. The
new priesthood was superior to all other
because of its permanence and Christ’s
character.

1. Hope: Anchored (Heb. 6:18b-20)

Hebr. 6:18b  we who have fled to take hold of the hope
offered to us may be greatly encouraged. 6:19   We have
this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It
enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 6:20
where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our
behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the
order of Melchizedek.

Two things are obvious about this hope. First, it
is based on the absolute trustworthiness of God’s
Word. If god said it, He will do it! Second, we find
this hope by our own action, our own tenacity. Here
hope is an objective reality to be seized and a
subjective reality to be experienced.

2. Hope: Guaranteed (Heb. 7:15-22)

Hebr. 7:15   And what we have said is even more clear if
another priest like Melchizedek appears, 7:16   one who
has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as
to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an
indestructible life. 7:17   For it is declared:     “You are a
priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 7:18   The
former regulation is set aside because it was weak and
useless 7:19   (for the law made nothing perfect), and a
better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
7:20   And it was not without an oath! Others became
priests without any oath, 7:21   but he became a priest
with an oath when God said to him:     “The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever.’ ”
7:22   Because of this oath, Jesus has become the
guarantee of a better covenant.

Once again the quote from Psalm 110:4 is repeated
(Heb 5:6). Jesus used this very psalm to indicate that
it spoke of Him (Matt. 22:41-46). The reason for the
repeat of the quote is found in the words a priest
forever.
The theme of verse 15 is resumed after the brief
interlude (Heb 17:16-17). Verse 18 shows the
weakness of the law; verse 19 describes the new
hope Christ’s priesthood provides.

3. Hope: Secure (Heb. 7:23-28)

Hebr. 7:23   Now there have been many of those priests,
since death prevented them from continuing in office; 7:24
but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent
priesthood. 7:25   Therefore he is able to save completely
those who come to God through him, because he always lives
to intercede for them. 7:26   Such a high priest meets our
need —one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from
sinners, exalted above the heavens. 7:27   Unlike the other
high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after
day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.
He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered
himself. 7:28   For the law appoints as high priests men who
are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed
the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

There is no need for Jesus to offer sacrifices everyday
– first for Himself and then for the people. He was sinless
and His sacrifice was once for all (Heb. 10:10 as well).
A summary of these last two verses reveals a contrast
between law and sin. The law appointed men who were
weak. By the oath of God after the order of Melchizedek,
we have as High priest the Son, who has been perfected
forever. All of this assures us that we may approach
Him with confidence, knowing that our hope is secure.

Summary:

In Heb.7:1-14 the writer developed the theme of
Christ’s priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. He
previously introduced us to this puzzling person in
Heb. 5:6,10 and 6:20. He focused on the greatness of
Melchizedek, who was superior to Abraham. In the
historical documentation found in Genesis 14:18-20,
nothing was said of Melchizedik’s parentage, ancestry ,
children , birth, or death. He seems to have reigned and
carried on his priestly functions without beginning or
end. The purpose of all this was to lay the foundation or
set the stage for Christ’s superior priesthood later in
the Chapter.